Updates on This Site

On October 25, 2022 the following additions / updates were made. Please note that members must be logged in to view member’s only content.

Updated Acorns to Oaks Public Surname Index to include Volume 43 of Acorns to Oaks

Updated Member’s Only Surname Index to include Volume 43 of Acorns to Oaks

Updated Member’s Only Location Index to include Volume 43 of Acorns to Oaks

Updated Member’s Only Acorns to Oaks Back Issues to include all issues through 43-4

Bloomfield Hills Family History Center Hours

We are pleased to announce our new hours:
Tuesday 10am-1pm
Wed & Thur evenings 6-8:30
Friday 10am-4pm
Sat 10am-2pm
Our holiday closings will be Nov 22-26 and December 19-31. Also we will be closed if the local schools have a snow day.
The center phone # is 248-647-5671.
We are willing to make special appointments for anyone who cannot make it during the hours we are currently open.

Beware of Spoofed Phone Number and Caller ID Information

One of our board members has had their phone number spoofed and used for outgoing calls. The caller ID for these calls indicated “Oakland County GS”.

We discovered the spoof because the call recipient returned the call and the board member talked to them.

Please note that the Society DOES NOT have a phone number, and does not place calls indicating they are from the Society on the caller ID.

Calls like this are spam and may try to obtain personal information. Do not respond.

Thank You.

Story Telling Techniques to Improve your Family Narrative

Storytelling techniques can enhance any type or length of story. Author Laura Hedgecock illustrates how family history storytellers can borrow concepts from creative nonfiction to empower their narratives to connect through generations.

LAURA HEDGECOCK is passionate about telling stories and connecting with others. She comes by that passion honestly; her grandmother, Hazel Crymes, wrote throughout her life. However, her grandmother wrote in secret; Laura believes in sharing.

When she’s not writing, Mrs. Hedgecock enjoys spending time with her husband, her young-adult sons (when they’re available), playing soccer, nature photography, and finding her roots.

We hope for a hybrid meeting, but the meeting may be virtual only, depending on restrictions. Please check back a week before the meeting for informality regarding location and registration for the virtual presentation.

Our meeting is October 4,  7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Register for the Zoom meeting here:



Program Schedule Announced

We are happy to let you know that the program schedule for 2022-23 is complete and posted on the website. Please go to https://ocgsmi.org/events to review this year’s offerings.

Our president, Judy Muhn has prepared a message to our members,  please access it here.

In addition, we have sent membership renewal notices to members who have an email address. Your participation is vital and we hope you will renew promptly. The easiest way to renew is to log into your account online. If you aren’t sure of the date your membership expires, please check the label of your most recent Acorns to Oaks, or log into your member record here on the site to see the date. If you prefer to renew my US mail, you can access a member for to mail with your check here.

Thanks for being an important part of the Society!

Research in DC


The Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society is traveling to Washington, DC October 23-29 for both research and “tour-on-your-own” – and we hope to see you on the bus! Please share this email with your members.

The Portage Senior Center is sponsoring the trip and will make the decision July 31 whether the trip is a “go” or not. Take a look at the attached brochure and if you’re interested, contact Dawn Shilts at the Portage Senior Center. Her contact information is in the brochure.

An advantage of this trip is the daily drop-off and pick-up at the three research facilities – the DAR library, the National Archives and the Library of Congress. The DAR library is open. The National Archives and Library of Congress are open for researchers by appointment.

Hope you will be able to join us for a great week of genealogical discovery. If you have questions, you can contact the Portage Senior Center (as mentioned above) or our society at this email: info@mikvgs.org

Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society Board

Download brochure.

Survey of interest in Free Family Tree Maker Webinar

Family tree Maker has offered to present a webinar about the program to our members. This would be in addition to our normal programs. We wish to gauge interest prior to making a decision on the offer. Please fill out his survey to help us. The results will be recorded and reported to the membership.


Next Season

The Board has met and scheduled meetings or the next year. Derek Blount, our VP and Program Chair, is busy confirming next year’s topics and dates. We are planning for hybrid meeting so those who choose canl be in person at the church. Testing on that is ongoing.  We will be posting them as soon as available. Stay tuned!

Helpful Sources for African-American Genealogy

Searches for African American ancestors on most of the well-known genealogy platforms such as Ancestry.com and MyHeritage.com often lead to dead ends, particularly for those who lived only in what became the Confederate States of America. However, there are records from the Freedman’s Bureau, AfriGeneas.com and even Canadian records that can be extremely helpful. Speaker: Gary Wilkes.

Register in advance for this meeting:


Finding Your Detroit and Wayne County Ancestors

You are invited to an Oakland County Genealogical Society Zoom meeting.
When: Mar 1, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Many of us who live in Michigan have ancestors who migrated through Detroit and Wayne County. What records did they leave behind and how can we access them? This session examines the records of our ancestors in Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan. We will explore who created them, what information is in them, where they are held, the reason why they were created, when they begin and end, and how these records can advance our research.
Presented by Tom Koselka.